“Pakistan Spring” Escalates; 3 Dead, Over 470 Injured As “Soft Coup” Hardens

The violent protests that raged yesterday have turned deadly as clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters left 3 dead and at least 470 injured according to The WSJ. The military, who are acting as mediators between PM Sharif and opposition leader Imran Khan have warned both sides that they neither support the others view or sanction further use of violence to suppress crowds. Mr. Khan exclaimed to the people, “if you want to be free, if you want to have a real democracy, the time has come;” as another protester noted “the police were brutal, but that is good because whenever blood is shed in a movement, it turns into a revolution.” Meanwhile, the so-called “soft-coup” as WaPo refers to it continues to harden (threatening $3bn of US aid) as Prime Minister Sharif is left with fewer and fewer options.
Policemen run away from anti-government protesters #Islamabad September 1, 2014 #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/mUY9XLZV0H
— 1924 (@1924_AEK) September 1, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/01/2014.

Just Admit It: You (and your kids) Are State PROPERTY

Still think you have “freedom” eh? Still think you’re the actual parents of your children, and that you should be the ones making decisions about their lifestyle and heatlh? Or are you simply where all the liabilities reside for the decision to have them, while the choices belong to someone else — you know, like a slave?
Police have rejected criticism of their search for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour removed from a UK hospital by his parents against medical advice.
Ashya King was found in Malaga on Saturday and his parents arrested, following an international search.
His father Brett King defended his actions in a video posted on YouTube, saying there had been a “ridiculous chase”.
Hampshire Police said medical advice was that Ashya was in “grave danger”.
The parents, it turns out, wanted their kid to be treated using a therapy not offered by the UK’s socialized medical services. Specifically, they wanted to use proton beam therapy rather than what the UK wanted to use (effectively gamma radiation.) The difference is that proton beam therapy is a more-targeted form of radiation than gamma. Both are of the same general type, and there is much dispute as to whether proton therapy is as effective in specific cancers. Then again there’s plenty of argument over whether radiation therapy actually “works” (that is, does less harm and good) in these cases to begin with.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2014-08-31.

Labor’s Demise Is America’s Demise – Paul Craig Roberts

Labor Day is a holiday that has outlived its time. Like Christmas, Labor Day has become a time-out period. As Christmas has become a shopping spree, Labor Day has become the last summer holiday.
The holiday originated in 1887 to celebrate the contribution made by American workers to the strength and prosperity of the United States. The first Monday in September was chosen by President Grover Cleveland to avoid a May date that would keep alive the memory of the previous year’s Haymarket Massacre in which workers striking for an eight-hour day suffered casualties from the Chicago police.
As time passed union leadership became a career rather than a movement in behalf of a cause, but the labor movement in its initial years was reformist. It brought safer working conditions into industry and manufacturing. Unions served as a countervailing power and constrained the exploitative power of capital. An industrial or manufacturing job was a ladder of upward mobility that made the US an opportunity society and stabilized the socio-political system with a large middle class. A large and thriving industrial and manufacturing sector provided many white collar middle class jobs for managers, engineers, researchers and designers, and American universities flourished as did their graduates.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on August 31, 2014.

Cops to City Council: ‘We Were Given an Illegal Traffic Ticket Quota’

For those who still say it’s a myth that cops are given quotas for how many tickets they have to write, maybe you’ve never been to Waldo, Florida. The National Motorists Association listed Waldo as the third worst speed trap for a town of 50,000 people or less in 2012, and it’s so bad, billboards like the one above are taken out to warn drivers before they get there.
But earlier this week, five police officers came forward to testify before the Waldo City Council that they are mandated to write a certain number of tickets each shift or face punishment – even though such a quota stands in direct violation of state law. Waldo, by the way, only has seven police officers to begin with.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 30th, 2014.

20,000 Pakistan Riot Police Unleash Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets As Protesters Breach PM’s Residence, 230 Injured

UPDATE: *POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH IN ISLAMABAD; AT LEAST 230 HURT: AFP
Against the background we initialliy explained here, and the escalation we discussed here, Imran Khan’s“Pakistan Spring” has grown dramatically. The former cricketing-legend and erstwhile opposition leader’s call for people to take to the streets to demand new ‘unrigged’ elections has 1000s of protesters breaching the Prime Minister’s residence in Islamabad. Along with anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri, Khan urged peaceful protest but, as AP reports, an estimated 20,000 police in riot gear are blocking the procession using tear gas and rubber bullets. Local hospitals report at least 100 injuries.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/30/2014.

Police lock down California campus because of man carrying an umbrella

“I don’t always bring an umbrella to work, but when I do, I get cuffed.”
SAN MARCOS, CA – A SWAT team was deployed and a university campus was locked down when someone suspected that a man carrying his umbrella was actually carrying a firearm.
The breathtaking overreaction occurred at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) on the rainy Wednesday morning of August 20th, 2014. Staff member Bill Craig, who has worked for the university for 17 years, was walking across campus to his office with his folded-up umbrella.
A paranoid campus busybody spotted Mr. Craig and assumed that his black umbrella was a rifle. The ignorant individual called the police to report a non-police officer bearing arms.
At 9:00 a.m., an order to ‘shelter in place’ was issued, and students and staff members hunkered down as heavily armed police officers descended upon the campus.
‘Immediately… the doors [were] locked and then they took all the chairs and all the tables and barricaded the doors,’ said student James Collins to ABC 10 News. ‘People were kind of freaked out and you could tell that there was a nervous tension.’
San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies – toting rifles of their own – spotted Mr. Craig, who matched the description of the ‘gunman,’ and quickly ‘disarmed’ him of his umbrella.

This post was published at Police State USA on August 30, 2014.

SWAT team breaks down door, shoots man as he watched TV with friend

EASTON, CT – Police violently broke in on a couple of men watching television, exploded concussion grenades, and shot one man roughly a second after entry. The fatal, under-investigated raid yielded no arrests and led to the shooter being named ‘Officer of the Year.’ All because someone was suspected of getting high without government permission.
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The disturbing operation happened on the afternoon of May 18th, 2008. Homeowner Ronald Terebesi was sitting in his living room with his friend, 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norwalk.
At around 2:00 p.m., the entrance door of 91 Dogwood Drive in Easton was abruptly splintered by a battering ram. In an instant, explosions were rocking the house and shadowy figures dressed in black poured into the home. When the smoke cleared and the chaos was over, Mr. Guizan lied in a pool of blood, shot multiple times.

This post was published at Police State USA on August 29, 2014.

Curious Car Crashes: Louis Freeh, The Man With The Secrets

Any serious student of history is on alert for ‘interesting accidents.’ Because sometimes they are accidents. Sometimes, they’re not.
We have no opinion at the moment on the one-car wreck that left former FBI Director Louis Freeh badly injured around noon on Aug. 25. But we do think it is worth reviewing what we know about Louis Freeh. Because all such incidents deserve scrutiny.
The Crash
From news reports available at press time, Freeh
was headed south on Vermont 12 in his 2010 GMC Yukon when he drove off the east side of the road. The vehicle struck a mailbox and a row of shrubs, then came to rest against the side of a tree, police said….[he] was airlifted from Barnard to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N. H., for treatment, police said.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on August 29, 2014.

$40 Million Lawsuit Filed in Ferguson

Missouri police have been sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests by several people alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas adopting ‘militaristic displays of force and weaponry,’ and engaged U. S. citizens ‘as if they were war combatants.’
It will be interesting to say the least for this is the trend in motion – the militaristic police that have taken this to a whole new level. Even the tiny town of Keene, N. H., it wasreported that Mayor Kendall Lane whispered to Councilman Mitch Greenwald during a December city council meeting that they were going to get their own tank,. The town is tiny with a population of just 23,000. They have had only two murders since 1999. The U. S. Department of Homeland Security gave them a $285,933 grant to purchase a Bearcat manufactured by LENCO, an eight-ton armored personnel vehicle.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on August 29, 2014.

REPORT: PENTAGON FORCED MILITARY GEAR ON POLICE DEPARTMENTS

Following scrutiny surrounding the Ferguson uprising earlier this month, several local law enforcement agencies have stated that they wish to return military gear which they feel was somewhat forced onto them by The Department of Defense.
That has turned out to be easier said than done however, as the counties in which the sheriff’s offices and police departments are based are being asked to absorb the cost of transporting huge armored vehicles.
The details are revealed in a report by The Washington Times, which found ‘a number of departments complaining about the heavy armored vehicles that have been transferred, finding them to be overkill for the jobs local law enforcement needs to do.’
For example, the sheriff’s department in Chelan County, near Seattle, was forced to take three armored, tracked vehicles at the insistence of the Pentagon, when it had only asked for one in 1999.
The ten ton trucks, which were designed to carry 107 millimeter mortars, are still owned by The Pentagon. However, the military is less than keen to take them back.
‘We don’t care; we just want to get rid of them,’ said Undersheriff John Wisemore. ‘We realized they weren’t as safe for what we were going to be using them for.’

This post was published at Info Wars on AUGUST 29, 2014.

City Council to Police: You Have 60 Days to Get Rid of Your MRAP Military Tank

Apparently not all city councils are thrilled with the idea of their local police department driving around ‘protecting’ their streets with mine resistant, ambush protected vehicles straight off the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The city council of Davis, California, a town of about 66,000 people near Sacramento, has now adopted a resolution to ‘tank the tank’ as one protester put it, after a large crowd of concerned citizens showed up to the council’s most recent meeting. CBS13 reports:
The vehicle, worth nearly $700,000 didn’t cost the Davis Police Department a dime, as it was acquired through a federal government surplus program. The MRAP was developed by the military for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After Pentagon budget cuts, the vehicle has been making its way to local law enforcement…
A big concern for protesters is the vehicle could be used to quash peaceful protests and demonstrations, especially in light of clashes between heavily-armored police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 28th, 2014.

COP POINTS GUN, THREATENS TO KILL CITIZEN IN RESPONSE TO CELL PHONE RECORDING

A Florida police officer pointed a gun at a man and threatened to kill him after another was slammed to the ground and handcuffed for recording an officer on his cell phone during a confrontation in Boynton Beach.
The footage begins with an officer having a conversation with a group of men in a parked car after a routine traffic stop. When the cop demands to see everybody’s ID, one of the men informs the officer that he is recording the encounter.
‘Turn that phone off right now,’ states the officer, to which the man responds, ‘No I’m not intimidated, I have rights, sir, I’m recording your ass,’ before unleashing a string of profanities.
The officer then walks around to the other side of the car and gives his badge number but refuses to provide his name, which according to one of the men in the car is ‘Danish.’


This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | AUGUST 29, 2014.

Is a Nationwide Local Government Backlash Against Police Militarization Beginning?

KCRA TV is reporting that the Davis, California City Council voted Tuesday evening, after hearing from concerned people at the city council’s meeting, to get rid of the police department’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle. The police department had obtained the MRAP, which is valued at nearly $700,000, for free recently from the US government. Will Davis, California one day be seen as the beginning of a nationwide local government backlash against police militarization in the US?

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on August 28, 2014.

CALIFORNIA POLICE DEPARTMENT ORDERED TO GET RID OF MRAP MILITARY VEHICLE

In the aftermath of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Davis City Council has ordered its police department to get rid of an MRAP military vehicle within 60 days.
The $700,000 dollar vehicle was acquired for free just a few weeks ago through the U. S. military surplus program that has seen police departments across America obtain vehicles and equipment that were formerly used by the Army to occupy towns and hunt insurgents.
However, after numerous complaints and protests by residents, Davis City Council has given its police department two months to either destroy or otherwise remove from operation the mine resistant ambush vehicle.


This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | AUGUST 28, 2014.

Putting Ferguson in Context – New Jersey Man Faced 5 Years in Jail Before Dashcam Video Proved Police Abuse

*Note: While the following incident happened in 2012, it helps put the recent events in Ferguson in context, particularly for privileged white people who don’t have to deal with police abuse on a daily basis. Marcus Jeter was only cleared in February 2014, once the dashcam video surfaced.
Sarah Wallace: ‘If this tape hadn’t surfaced?’ Marcus: ‘I’d be in jail.’
This video was only turned over by Bloomfield police after Jeter’s attorney filed a request for records; at the time prosecutors were insistent that Jeter do prison time.


This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Aug 27, 2014.

America’s Corrupt Institutions – Paul Craig Roberts

Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt.
To tell this story would be a multi-book task. Lawrence Stratton and I have written one small volume of the story. Our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, now with two editions and multiple printings, documents the corruption of law in the United States and has been cited in rulings by Federal District and Appeal Court judges.
Law is just one public institution, but it is a corner stone of society. When law goes, everything goes.
Only about 4 percent of federal felony cases go to trial. Almost all, 96 percent, are settled by negotiated plea bargains. Law & Order Conservatives condemn plea bargains for the wrong reason. They think plea bargains let criminals off easy.
In fact, plea bargains are used by prosecutors to convict the innocent along with the guilty. Plea bargains eliminate juries and time-consuming trials, that is, plea bargains eliminate all work on the part of prosecutors and police and lead to high conviction rates for prosecutors, the main indicator of their career success. Once upon a time, prosecutors pursued justice. They carefully examined police investigations and only indicted suspects whose conviction they thought could be obtained by a jury. Sloppy police work was discarded.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on August 27, 2014.

Forensic Expert Says Foley Murder Video “May Have Been Staged”

While there have been many suggestions, some of very dubious nature others not so much, that the ISIS video showing the execution of James Foley may have been staged, faked or otherwise fabricated (especially after Scotland Yard warnedthat sharing or merely viewing the infamous YouTube clip of Foley’s murder is a crime and is punishable under anti-terror laws, stunning virtually everyone), it wasn’t until today that an actual forensic expert opined – apparently one who isn’t afraid of the criminal charges headed their way – that something may be wrong with the 4 minute 40-second clip. TheTelegraph reports that an “international forensic science company which has worked for police forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/25/2014

There is an 800% Higher Probably Americans Will be Killed by Police Than a Terrorist

The Ferguson incident has exposed the underbelly of the United States and now everyone is starting to pay attention that there is a higher risk of being killed by police even when they chase or shoot at people who need not be you. The risk is 800% greater that you will be killed by POLICE rather than a terrorist. The Economist has reported the death by police so far are ZERO in Japan and Britain, 8 in Germany and 409 in America.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on August 24, 2014

Ferguson: The War Comes Home

America’s attention recently turned away from the violence in Iraq and Gaza toward the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown. While all the facts surrounding the shooing have yet to come to light, the shock of seeing police using tear gas (a substance banned in warfare), and other military-style weapons against American citizens including journalists exercising their First Amendment rights, has started a much-needed debate on police militarization. The increasing use of military equipment by local police is a symptom of growing authoritarianism, not the cause. The cause is policies that encourage police to see Americans as enemies to subjugate, rather than as citizens to “protect and serve.’ This attitude is on display not only in Ferguson, but in the police lockdown following the Boston Marathon bombing and in the Americans killed and injured in ‘no-knock’ raids conducted by militarized SWAT teams. One particularly tragic victim of police militarization and the war on drugs is ‘baby Bounkham.’ This infant was severely burned and put in a coma by a flash-burn grenade thrown into his crib by a SWAT team member who burst into the infant’s room looking for methamphetamine.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on sunday august 24, 2014